United Kingdom | Assange appeals US extradition order

(London) The London High Court said that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Friday appealed the British government’s decision to extradite him to the United States.

Posted at 11:33 a.m.

The 50-year-old Australian is on trial in the United States where he faces 175 years in prison over a massive leak of classified documents. After a protracted legal standoff with some vicissitudes, British Home Secretary Priti Patel signed the extradition decree on June 17.

Assange, who has been held for three years in the high-security Belmarsh prison near London, had until Friday to appeal.

The British judiciary confirmed that “a notification was received from Julian Assange to appeal the decision of the Ministry of the Interior to extradite him.”

Friday, upstream from 51e Julian Assange’s birthday Sunday, a few dozen of his supporters – including his wife, Stella Assange, whom he married in March – gathered outside the Home Office to protest the extradition decision.

Photograph by John Sibley, Reuters

Supporters of Julian Assange have demanded his release as he drove around London on a bus.

Then they boarded a “vintage” London bus and traveled around the center of the British capital chanting “Free Julian Assange now.”

He’s in prison because he told the truth. He is innocent, so why is he in prison? Gloria Wildman, a 79-year-old retiree, is used to rallies in support of the Australian.

“If Julian Assange is not free, we are, and no one is free,” she added.

If leave to appeal is granted, the hearing may not take place until early 2023, Kate Gould, a partner at law firm Bindmans who specializes in cases, told British news agency PA in mid-June.

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According to her, Mr. Assange can file a case with the European Court of Human Rights, a process that will likely take several years.

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